Alcatel-Lucent Innovation Delivers a Faster, Smarter and Greener Network Experience

By Alcatel-lucent, PRNE
Monday, June 27, 2011

PARIS, June 28, 2011 -


- FP3 network processor first to support 400
Gigabits-per-second data speeds; no compromise on service

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext and NYSE: ALU) today announced a new
network processor that delivers a fourfold increase in performance
over the fastest Internet Protocol (IP) networks available today.
By supporting 400 Gigabits-per-second (G) transmission speeds, the
FP3 processor opens up new possibilities for bandwidth-intensive
services, applications and content, while cutting power consumption
by up to 50 percent. The FP3 processor is being demonstrated today
and will be commercially available in Alcatel-Lucent’s service
router portfolio in 2012.

The first of a new generation of IP routing technology, the FP3
processor is designed to address tomorrow’s demand for ultra-high
performance public and private IP networks. For example, a single
FP3 processor could handle 70,000 simultaneous High Definition
video streams or 8.4 million simultaneous retail cloud

“Alcatel-Lucent brings a wealth of experience and technical
skill to the challenge of putting the next generation of silicon
into their service routers,” said Simon Stanley, Founder and
Principal Consultant of Earlswood Marketing Limited. “The same
engineers have moved through 10G to 100G and now to 400G. The
result is a chipset which delivers the versatility of a
programmable network processor and a massive increase in speed,
without compromising on deep touch services.”

Alcatel-Lucent is the first company to develop 400G technology
for IP networks, helping to accelerate the adoption of 100 Gigabit
Ethernet (GE), which was standardized in 2010, while providing a
clear path for higher speeds in future. According to a recent
forecast by Dell’Oro Group, 100GE port shipments from 2010 through
2015 are predicted to grow in excess of 200 percent annually.

Basil Alwan, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Division, said:
“This technology puts us a generation ahead of today’’s fastest IP
core routers. And, it’’s not just moving bits, but generating
revenue and creating value for service providers and their
business, residential and mobile customers. By making networks
faster, smarter and more environmentally sustainable,
Alcatel-Lucent is enabling the continuous innovation of consumer
and business devices, content and applications that increasingly
depend on service provider networks.”

“Alcatel-Lucent is showing its technology roots, recently with
lightRadio™ for the wireless market and now with the FP3 400G
network processor for IP routing,” stated Michael Howard,
Co-founder and Principal Analyst Carrier and Data Center Networks,
Infonetics Research. “I’m impressed that any company could develop
such a high capacity network processor, solving 400G in the
electrical domain before the industry solves 400G for lightwaves.
This 400G chipset is a generational advance that will improve
router 100GE density/cost and will attract the eye of service

Alcatel-Lucent has also taken an industry leadership role by
driving an “ecosystem” of semiconductor partners including Samsung
Semiconductor, NetLogic Microsystems, Micron, GSI Technology,
Cypress and Broadcom to deliver complementary components that
support the transition to ultra-fast, low power networks with
deterministic performance.

FP3 - Technical Capabilities

  • Industry’s first 400G network processor
  • Supports IP routing with full range of business, residential
    and mobile edge services
  • Accelerates time to market for high-density 100G line card
  • Highly integrated design reduces overall memory
  • Granular power management in 10G increments reduces overall
    power consumption by up to 50 percent per bit
  • Leverages existing 40nanometer manufacturing process to reduce
  • FP-3 based line cards for the 7750 SR will be commercially
    available in 2-port 100GE, 6-port 40GE, and 20-port 10GE
    configurations in 2012

FP3 and the High Leverage Network

Alcatel-Lucent’s vision of the href="">High Leverage
Network™ (HLN) is focused on addressing the exploding demand
for broadband capacity and services, making it easier for service
providers able to capitalize on the new demands of an always-on

The FP3 network processor plays an important role in this
vision, enabling service providers to increase capacity, reduce
costs and develop new revenue opportunities. The fourfold increase
in performance, with no compromise on service quality will allow
service providers to use their networks to deliver new broadband
services, content and applications with improved reliability, more
sustainably. The FP3 processor will be at the heart of
Alcatel-Lucent’s high-performance IP service routing portfolio,
from metro to edge to the core of the HLN architecture.

FP3 and the 400G Ecosystem

In order to deliver a fourfold improvement in speed, reduce
power consumption and avoid compromising on service scale and
quality, the FP3 processor requires predictable or deterministic
access to memory at unprecedented speeds.

In addition to developing its own technology solutions,
Alcatel-Lucent is driving semiconductor industry leaders including
Samsung Semiconductor, NetLogic Microsystems, Micron, GSI
Technology, Cypress, Broadcom and others to push the envelope of
innovation on high-speed DDR (double data rate), RLDRAM
(Reduced-latency Dynamic random access memory), CAM (Content
Addressable memory) and QDR (Quad Data Rate) memory and memory
access, enabling the industry to accelerate adoption of 100G speeds
and beyond.

Partner quotes

“To achieve this amazing speed, the standard 40nm libraries
needed to improve.  Working side-by-side with Alcatel-Lucent’s
development team, Broadcom created over 100 custom 40nm libraries
to meet Alcatel-Lucent’s cutting-edge design specifications”, said
Asad Khamisy, Broadcom Vice President of Engineering. “Our Premier
Custom IC Program is ideal for Alcatel-Lucent’s incredibly talented
engineering team to shatter performance barriers and create a
unique, highly differentiated product.”

““As the IP and market leader in SRAMs, Cypress is excited to
contribute to the ground-breaking 400Gb/s FP3 network processor
from Alcatel-Lucent,”” said Dana Nazarian, executive vice president
of Cypress’’s Memory Products Division. ““This industry-first
product is an excellent example of companies investing
collaboratively over multiple years to advance the state-of-the-art
in networking. The industry-standard QDR SRAM, defined in the QDR
consortium, and available from multiple vendors, remains the
critical memory technology for next-generation systems with huge
throughput requirements.”

“Our work with Alcatel-Lucent processor architects and designers
is paying great dividends,” says Lee-Lean Shu, President and CEO of
GSI Technology. “When we started on FP2-based projects we didn’t
know how far this could go. Now, with our SigmaQuad-IIIe teamed
with the FP3, we can see even greater things on the horizon.”

“Close partnerships are essential to the process of developing
truly breakthrough systems,” said Brian Shirley, Vice President of
Micron’s DRAM Solutions Group. “This is particularly true in the
networking space, where every component is pushed to the edge, and
every picosecond is critical.  Alcatel Lucent has maintained
leadership in high-performance networking by successfully
establishing these critical alliances, enabling ideas to move to
market in faster cycles. Micron is proud to be Alcatel Lucent’’s
partner in networking DRAM. The new 400GE processor highlights the
power of Micron’’s new RLDRAM® 3 memory technology and the benefits
of tight collaboration in delivering such a stunning new
performance mark to the industry.”

“We congratulate the Alcatel-Lucent team on the achievement of
the industry’s first 400G network processor, and we are pleased to
continue our-long standing collaboration on multiple generations of
products,”” said Ron Jankov, president and CEO at NetLogic
Microsystems. ““The close working relationship between our
engineering teams has enabled both companies to further innovate
and optimize our respective silicon for higher performance,
seamless interconnectivity and lower power consumption.”

About Alcatel-Lucents Service Routing

At its introduction in 2003, the href="!ut/p/kcxml/04_Sj9SPykssy0xPLMnMz0vM0Y_QjzKLd4w3dnTRL8h2VAQADYR9IA!!?LMSG_CABINET=Solution_Product_Catalog&LMSG_CONTENT_FILE=Products/Product_Detail_000426.xml&LMSG_PARENT=Product_Families/Product_Family_000143.xml&">
Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router (SR) set a new benchmark in
the industry with 10G network processing and 20G per slot
performance. Since then, the platform has evolved through new
generations of silicon and line cards, providing outstanding
investment protection for its customers. With the FP3 network
processor, the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 SR again raises the industry
benchmark with 400G network processing and 200G per slot
performance. More than 100,000 Service Routing systems are in use
at more than 400 service providers in over 100 countries.

In 2010 Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Division reported revenues of
€1.46Bn, representing 24 percent growth compared to 2009.

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About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris
and NYSE: ALU)

The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises,
strategic industries and governments around the world,
Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in mobile, fixed, IP and Optics
technologies, and a pioneer in applications and services.
Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of the world’s foremost
centres of research and innovation in communications

With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most
experienced global services organizations in the industry,
Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach.

The Company achieved revenues of Euro 16 billion in 2010
and is incorporated in France and headquartered
in Paris.

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